Sunday, August 1, 2021
Back in February, the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, led by U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., launched its Tourism, Trade, and Export Promotion Subcommittee. U.S. Sen. Jacky Rosen, D-Nev., is the first chairwoman of the new subcommittee while Scott leads Republicans on it.
"Florida drivers are getting a welcome break from rising prices at the pump," said Mark Jenkins, a spokesman for AAA and the Auto Club Group. "Prices are declining now that refineries have mostly recovered from the power outages in mid-February, which resulted in reduced gasoline supplies.
At the end of August, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Fla., first introduced the “Protecting Tourism in the United States Act” with U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., as the cosponsor.
On Monday, U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., came out swinging at the Biden administration, particularly U.S. Transportation Sec. Pete Buttigieg over potentially imposing a mileage tax and raising the gas tax. Buttigieg seemed to open the door to raising the...
AAA noted that the “downward trend could continue, especially if the Suez Canal is cleared soon” and pointed to other factors impacting the market.
Historically, the gas tax is a progressive tax that impacts the poor the most. Generally speaking, lower-income earners do not own gas-efficient cars and are not likely to purchase an EV vehicle in the next 10 to 20 years. More importantly, COVID-19 has changed the nature of work—perhaps permanently.
Craig introduced the bill, which U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Marco Rubio, R-Fla., are backing in the upper chamber, on Thursday.
"The good news for motorists is that gas prices could soon begin to slip lower," said Mark Jenkins, a spokesman for AAA and the Auto Club Group.
Webster and U.S. Rep. Michael Guest, R-Miss., are co-sponsoring the proposal which would “provide the General Services Administration (GSA) with flexibility to pilot the use of public-private partnerships.”
AAA noted the average gallon of gas in Florida cost $2.87 on Sunday, up from $2.72 a gallon at the start of last week and above the national average of $2.86 a gallon.